|Developer Rocksteady Studios returns players to its dark vision of Gotham, where the Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has been replaced with a walled-off expanse of city streets and abandoned buildings, ruled only by deadly mad anarchy. From a familiar third-person perspective, players resume the single-player role of Batman, for missions of infiltration, assault, recovery, and rescue. Gruesomely outnumbered, the hero's survival still relies largely on stealthy ninja tactics, although open environments occasionally call for cape-aided hang-gliding or grappling-hook acrobatics.|
Although the territory of the new Arkham City is nearly five times larger than the old asylum grounds, Batman's path is sometimes limited by outbursts of gang warfare, usually best avoided. The game also regularly presents puzzles for the Dark Knight to solve, in the gadget-enhanced "Detective Mode." The combat system has been refined, allowing Batman to counter attacks from multiple opponents at once, and to access his gadgets in the middle of a fight.
Set only a year after the events of Arkham Asylum, the game's story begins with Quincy Sharp, the former warden who is now mayor of Gotham City. His plan -- to shut down the asylum, move the inmates to a walled in section of city slums, and hire private security to guard the new borders -- has created a zone of pure lawlessness in the heart of Gotham. It is a city within a city, where inmates are free to roam the streets, stealing and killing as they wish, so long as they do not attempt to escape.
Control of this urban wasteland is now contested by two rival gangs: one led by the Joker, with the help of Harley Quinn, and the other by Two Face, who has called for the public execution of Catwoman -- much to the delight of the other bloodthirsty residents. Side-stories involve more of Arkham's most famously devious and demented recidivists, including Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, and the Riddler. Kevin Conroy again voices Batman, with Mark Hamill as the Joker.
|Publisher||Warner Bros. Interactive|
|Game||Batman: Arkham City|
|Platform||Sony PlayStation 3|
|ESRB Descriptor||Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence|
|Number of Players||1|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Batman: Arkham Series|
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One of the best games I've played. I loved everything about the first Batman (especially the "Free Flow Fighting" system. This one has all of that and then some! The map is about 5 times bigger than the original, lots of new gadgets and PS3 users get Catwoman free, and not just as a challenge map character - her story intertwines seamlessly with the main game, plenty of play as her character without it being so much or so long that it becomes a distraction. Picks up where the original left off, but not so dependant on the original story line that you'd HAVE to play the first to fully appreciate this one. Lots of villains / bosses, and a lot of side missions, many with their own story lines & bosses. There's so much to do in this game, and the door's open for what I'm hoping will be more story-based DLC. Downloadable Robin & Nightwing challenge maps; what's so amazing is each of the 4 characters not only have their own gadgets & moves, they all have a totally different feel when controlling them. Different timing and movements all together. Lots of fun "getting to know" each character & developing your skill, and the 'Predator' challenges are different for each, catering to their unique skills and gadgets. I don't have a single complaint about this game - perfectly challenging. I got it when it first came out in October, and JUST finished it 100% (including all of the DLC, trophies, etc.). I'm still not ready to part with it! Don't think twice - get this game NOW